A former FBI profiler on Sunday warned that some gun advocates were making a mistake by rushing to blame the December mass shooting of 20 children in Connecticut on violent video games.
Following a CBS News report that investigators had found a “trove” of video games in the home of Newtown shooter Adam Lanza, conservatives like Glenn Beck jumped to the conclusion that the games had been a “gateway drug” to the slaughter at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
But during a panel discussion on Sunday, former FBI profiler Mary Ellen O’Toole said evidence did not support that theory.
“It’s my experience that video games do not cause violence,” O’Toole told CBS News. “However, it is one of the risk variables when we do a threat assessment for the risk to act out violently.”
“It’s important that I point out that as a threat assessment and as a former FBI profiler, we don’t see these as the cause violence,” she added. “We see them as sources of fueling ideation that’s already there.”
Texas A&M International University psychology professor Christopher Ferguson pointed out that youth violence had recently declined to the lowest level in 40 years at a time when video games had become more violent.
“I think we have to put this discussion, to some extent, in historical perspective,” Ferguson explained. “And when new media come out that they tend to go through a period of what we call moral panic, in which they are blamed for all manner of societal ills. And probably the best example of this was from the 1950s, when we had Congress and psychiatrists who were claiming that comic books were responsible for not only juvenile delinquency, but homosexuality.”
“We’re in a mode of worry about — or panicking about this type of media. We may do some putting the cart before the horse, and we may see some people sort of starting with a conclusion and trying to assemble data in a very selective way to try to support that conclusion.”
A 2002 study published by the U.S. Secret Service found that only 12 percent of perpetrators of school violence had an interest in violent video games. But 37 percent “exhibited an interest in violence in their own writings, such as poems, essays or journal entries.”
Watch this video from CBS’ Face the Nation, broadcast Feb. 24, 2013.
WATCH: Classroom erupts when white teacher argues with black students about who gets to say the N-word
A school in Gainesville, Florida is investigating an incident that involved a teacher arguing with black students about the propriety of saying the N-word.
Local news station WUFT reports that Robert Cecil, an English teacher at F.W. Buchholz High School, was caught on camera talking with students about who is allowed to use certain racial slurs.
"If you’re black, and you say 'n*gga,' but you don't say ‘n*gger,' 'cause that's like..." Cecil began.
‘I’m a Trumpocrat’: Rod Blagojevich slobbers all over Trump in post-pardon press conference
Former Democratic Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Wednesday said that President Donald Trump's pardon of him was an "act of kindness."
At a press conference following his release from prison, Blagojevich repeatedly praised the president.
"I'm a Trumpocrat," the former governor said. "If I have the ability to vote, I'm going to vote for him. I don't know if they'll allow me to vote."
"He's the one that's fighting to bring real change," he added. "That's why he gets so much pushback. He's also a man with a kind heart. He's sees wrong and he tries to right it."
Watch the video clip below from Fox News.
The View’s audience roars as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez schools Meghan McCain on socialism
"The View" co-host Meghan McCain challenged Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) to defend her socialist policies, and the audience roared in approval as she laid them out.
The New York Democrat appeared Wednesday on the daytime talk show, and McCain compared herself to the first-year lawmaker.
"I feel like you're the bogeywoman of the right and I'm the bogeywoman of the left, so it's interesting to be talking to you," McCain said. "Because what you're proposing and what Bernie Sanders is proposing, you said Fox was, like, ushering in the apocalypse to conservatives like me that think big government is very dangerous, it is like the apocalypse. It's not just that Bernie is asking a lot of voters to buy into what I consider radical ideas like the Green New Deal, Medicare for All, he's advocating for a complete paradigm shift of the American system as we know it, and it's a huge ask for people like me and it's a huge ask for a lot of people, the seismic shift from capitalism to socialism."